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Anglo-Saxon and Celtic jewelry still inspires us to this day, well over a century later. The Celtic and Viking culture is still vibrant in media and in art. In this class we learn how the pieces of antiquity were made, how and why they were worn. From ring brooches, to torcs, to knotwork, we dive into the design, materials, and skills of this time period.
In this class you’ll not only learn about the traditional knotwork patterns and how to lay them out, but also how to construct your own patterns. Create beautiful and intricate patterning, and learn how this period influenced jewelry through the ages.
From learning how to create some of the most recognizable forms and patterns, to taking in the color and detail of the pieces, this class has something for everyone! Adapt what you learn into your own pieces and be inspired by history!
What’s covered in this class?
- History of Anglo-Saxon jewelry and an overview of its designs and techniques
- Knotwork- basic knots and how to construct knotwork patterns
- Piercing and carving in metal to create the overlapping patterns
- What is a torc?
- How to make a torc
- How to wear a torc
- Symbolism and meaning behind the designs
- Materials used during this time
- Purpose of jewelry
- Ring brooches
- Surface decoration- wire, applique, patina
A kit of materials is included with this class and will be mailed to you.
Online students will have kits mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class. International students may be charged an additional amount for shipping, because of the increased cost to ship abroad. Also, shipments to other countries may incur a tariff payable by the student. International students are welcome to contact us re: these costs and options for their materials. Please be sure that the address with your payment is the correct one for shipping.
Tools for this Class
Students can adapt this class to their favorite jewelry technique that they already know, including fabrication, setting, lost wax, enameling and beading. You’ll need the same basic tools you already use to make your jewelry now.
This is a list of tools you’ll need to practice the techniques shown in class. A list of tools with recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.
- Soldering set-up- soldering board, pick, flux, pickle
- Torch- large butane or acetylene/air, propane/oxygen
- Cross lock tweezers
- Bench pin
- Saw frame
- Riveting hammer
- Steel bench block
- Round/flat forming pliers
- Chain nose pliers
- Wire cutters
- Needle file set of 6
- Half round hand file
- Sandpaper assortment- 320,400,600
- Scotch brite pad
- Glue stick/rubber cement
- 1mm drill bit
- Dremel or flexshaft
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
About Our Interactive Online Classes
This class is online and uses the Zoom app/website. Through Zoom, you’ll be able to see demos and follow instructions, ask questions and interact with your instructor. Zoom is easy to use and free for students to use for class, and works on most devices, like phones (iphone, Android, etc), tablets (iPads, etc), and computers (Mac or PC).
This course meets for 4 weeks, 3 hours per week, for a total of 12 hours. Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.
Each class is also recorded and available for students to watch later, to review instructions or in case you missed a class.
Students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. We always choose the safest materials, chemicals and tools for you and the environment.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Sawing, drilling, and basic soldering skills are needed. Jewelry 1 or other class that covers those skills is highly recommended. There is a lot to learn in this class for any level, including intermediate students and beyond.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA
Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick